Bangladesh Cabinet Ratified Extradition Treaty with India

Oct 8, 2013 15:54 IST

Bangladesh Cabinet on 7 October 2013 ratified an extradition treaty with India to enable the handing over of suspects and convicted prisoners between the two countries.

Now, the treaty would require the approval of the Parliament of Bangladesh and it could come into effect after both the countries exchange documents following legal procedures.

About the Extradition Agreement

According to the agreement, only persons with charges like murders, culpable homicide and other serious offences would come under the purview of the deal while offenders of small crimes awarded with imprisonment for less than one year will also not be wanted under the treaty.

The ratification of the extradition treaty will also paves the way for Bangladesh to transfer Indian separatist leader, Anup Chetia to India. Anup is in jail in Bangladesh after being arrested in 1997 for illegal stay, possessing unauthorized currencies and an unlicensed satellite telephone. He is a leader of the United Liberation Front of Assam, the largest separatist movement in the state of Assam.

India and Bangladesh signed the extradition treaty on 28 January 2013 and the Union Cabinet of India has already ratified the treaty.

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